MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin High School senior Taylor Martin has enjoyed taking online courses for the last two years to further her knowledge in content areas not offered in the regular high school curriculum. With Georgia Virtual School (GaVS), students are provided that option of online learning.
“I have taken Latin I, Latin II, forensic science, mythology, journalism and world history. I signed up because I really wanted to take Latin and Baldwin High School didn’t offer it. I ended up loving the system, so I wanted to do more,” said Martin, who plans to attend the University of Alabama to major in English. “In a real classroom, you have be there and do the work, and online you do the work because you want to do it. I love it because you work and learn at your own pace. It’s definitely helped prepare me for the college mentality.”
GaVS is a program of the Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Technology Services. Operating in partnership with schools and parents, students are offered middle and high school level courses across the state. GaVS provides a teacher-led virtual classroom environment and equips students with an online media center and guidance center to support students throughout their online course experience.
“Baldwin High School has offered GaVS for at least eight years. We offer classes that we don’t offer in our building and it gives students those courses through Georgia Virtual School,” said Joellen Waller, high school GaVS facilitator. “GaVS helps transfer students from other schools because they have the opportunity to finish up a course at another school; students can learn a new language apart from their regular school schedule, and they can take advanced AP classes that we don’t offer. GaVS really gives students a chance to learn something they wouldn’t be exposed to otherwise.”